You’ve actually never seen any of the bathrooms in my house. Weird, right?

Well, not really. My bathrooms are pretty dated and tragic. And unfortunately they aren’t a cute vintage like my kitchen; they’re just bad. (You’ll see for yourself in a second.)

I’ve changed up just about every space in my home expect for my bathrooms. So, I’m making a commitment to myself to tackle them all in some way before next summer. Think I can do it? *fingers crossed*

Before I show you the first bathroom I’m tackling, here’s a bit of background. My home used to be a bed and breakfast. Back in 1993 when the original owners of the B&B bought this house, they made it so that every guest room had a bathroom. I have three bedrooms in the upstairs of my home, so I also have three full bathrooms.

Bathroom # 1 is the main bath that has existed since the house was built. This bath has a separate tub and shower, and it’s last renovation probably in the 1950s. The other two bathrooms were added when the home was turned into a B&B. These two bathrooms were made possible by taking over existing closets and eliminating some of the square footage in the bedrooms. They are pretty small and only have a stand-up shower. However, having your own bathroom when staying at a B&B was really great, so the idea was pretty smart.

Several months ago I mentioned that I don’t plan on staying in this home forever. As I move forward with renovations, that is something that influences many of my decisions. If I were to stay here for many years, I would probably remove one of the bathrooms.

As of right now, I want to completely gut and redo the original bathroom (the one with the tub). I will most likely contract that work out. My plan for the other two bathrooms is to just give them a little weekend facelift with projects I can tackle myself. While I’d love to redo the floors and replace the fiberglass shower, it just doesn’t make sense for me based on my future plans. What I can do though, is refresh them by removing wallpaper, repainting, and changing some of the hardware and decor.

(Oh, I should mention that my home also has a powder room on the first floor. It used to be a closet, so it’s super tiny. That’s also going to get gutted with the main bathroom.)

Okay, sorry for the long-winded explanation. I just wanted to get you caught up.

To kick off my bathroom renovations and makeovers, I’m starting with the bathroom I use on a daily basis. That’s the bathroom inside my bedroom.

About a month ago my friends over at Symmons reached out to me and asked if I’d like to try one of their bathroom faucets.Their email couldn’t have come at a better time as the faucet in my bathroom had developed a leak and desperately needed to be replaced. I took this email as a sign (and kick in the butt) that I needed to give my bathroom some attention.

If you haven’t heard of Symmons, they are a premier manufacturer of residential plumbing products. They’ve designed their products to last and stand out. They also pride themselves on their customer-first culture. Who doesn’t love that? Plus, they are a family-owned company based in New England.

Since I’m tackling this first bathroom project on my own, I was happy to also find out that their products are easy to install. Love that. So, a big shout out to Symmons for helping to make this first bathroom redo possible.

Now, let’s finally get to those before pictures I’ve been talking about.

Bathroom #2 Before |

Bathroom #2 Before |

Haha. I told you. Bad.

Bathroom #2 Before |

Brass light fixture (not the good kind), pine wood accessories, 90s’ wallpaper, and a weird basket hanging on the wall. Hey, at least this will make a good before and after, right?

So what’s the plan? Well, like I said, despite the cream color, I’m keeping the floor and shower as is. I’m going to try to tie them in with some accessories.

Bathroom #2 Before |

All the wood, the brass, and the basket have got to go. The wallpaper will likewise be removed. I will keep the chair rail and paint the bottom and top of the walls different colors.

The existing vanity will stay, but get a paint job. I’ll also be replacing the sink.

For the hardware, I decided on Symmons’ Carrington line.

Symmons Carrington Faucet |

It was designed to have a look of historical elegance. Since my home is almost 100 years old, I thought the character would be perfect. I’m also going to install a new toilet paper holder and towel bar from the same collection.

Once all of that is complete, I’ll be ready to accessorize.

And there you have it, my friends. My bathroom before, plus my plan of attack. I’ll be sharing my progress later this week, so be sure to stop back.

I’d love to know what you think. Are you ready for some bathroom makeovers? I know I am!

This post was created as part of my collaboration with Symmons. I was compensated for my time. The opinions, thoughts and ideas are mine.

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  • Diane@InMyOwnStyle at

    Loving your reference to “tragic” 🙂 I have seen baths much more dated. It has good will make it amazing.

  • Brent at

    If you super hate the flooring, you could do what Daniel did and lay custom-cut rubber: (I’ve been planning on doing this in my terrible tiled apartment kitchen forever, and this made me think of it!) There are several varieties, but I like the one he chose because it kind of resembles penny tile.

  • Elle at

    I can’t wait to see how you update this small space while staying true to the vintage charm of your older home! The faucet is a great start.

  • Sheila at

    Bathrooms and kitchens are what add the most value to a home. They also are the most expensive and time consuming projects to take on. We contracted out our bathrooms last December. The month long project was horrendous but the results are so worth the nightmare memories. As you develop these bathroom projects, it will be amazing how such a small space can be transformed adding beauty. Excited to see your talent and skill applied to the bathrooms.

  • Gabby at

    I agree with Diane that it has a great foundation to work with. And a little paint goes a long way 😉 Can’t wait to see what you do with this space!

  • Elaine - Visual Meringue at

    I can’t wait to see what you do! I love your style so this will be fun. Love the faucet you chose!

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